May 12th, 2010
11:01 PM ET

Los Angeles passes Arizona boycott over immigration law

The Los Angeles City Council overwhelmingly approved a boycott of Arizona-based businesses and governments Wednesday unless the state repeals a new law giving police the power to question a detainee's immigration status.

Several other California cities, including San Francisco and Oakland, have already adopted resolutions requesting city departments to not sign any new contracts with Arizona companies.

The Arizona law requires immigrants to carry their registration documents at all times and allows police to question individuals' immigration status in the process of enforcing any other law or ordinance.

The Los Angeles resolution passed Wednesday said Arizona's new immigration law "encourages racial profiling and violates Fourteenth Amendment guarantees of due process and equal protection for U.S. citizens, legal residents and visitors who are detained for suspicion of being in the country unlawfully."

The city's legislative analyst reported that Los Angeles currently has $56 million in contracts with companies headquartered in Arizona.

The city's Harbor Department, which has $26 million of such contracts, is opposing the resolution, the report said. This includes money for the "Clean Truck Program," it said.

"The Harbor does not recommend rescinding this incentive program due to adverse effects this action would have on the environment and public health," the analyst wrote.

The resolution also prohibits city employees from traveling to Arizona "unless special circumstances can be demonstrated" that canceling a trip would "harm city interests."

The National Council of La Raza announced a boycott last week against Arizona's $18.6 billion tourism industry because of the new law, and called on other groups to join. Nearly 30 organizations have come on board, including the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, People for the American Way, the Japanese American Citizens League and the Service Employees International Union.

Critics of the law say it will lead to racial profiling, while supporters say it involves no racial profiling and is needed to crack down on increasing crime involving illegal immigrants.

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  1. WACca wacca

    Hey Frank on your trip to Az. make sure you take your drivers license,birth certificate,finger prints,social security card,passport just in case police stop you.
    The state of Az. does not want to spoil your trip by spending the whole time lock up
    Enjoy your trip!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. frustrated in the USA

    If the ilLEGAL immigrants do not want to abide by the law, then go back to Mexico. The US Border Patrol should setup check points along all highways going into the nieghboring US States and round up all of these illigals and send them back. If you want to come to the USA do it in the legal way. Dont expect me , the American taxpayer to give you a handout. President Eisenhower had it right with "Operation Wetback" round them up and send them home. Was it called racial profiling back then. Wake up America before its too late.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ryan

    AZ business will be fine, CA is paying in IOU's now. Not the smartest thing to boycott states when your state and city have more debt than most others in the nation. Another amazing policy from the league leader.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steve

    Every member of the city council needs to open a dictionary and read the definition of "illegal".

    May 13, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Robert

    Jay – what section is that in? Can't locate it.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tomas

    Villaraigosa and the LA city council are un-American and very toxic in a negative way for our country. They don't want any enforcement of immigration law and they feel that latinos especially mexicans has every right to be here even if it's illegally crossing the border.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. steaua

    And you wonder why California is bankrupt...It's run by idiots!

    Way to go Arizona. Can't wait for other states to follow suite!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Missouri Mama

    PS: I find it rather interesting that everyone for the bill is saying to READ it, and people against it aren't taking problematic quotes from it. Could it be that these people who are opposed to it are in fact illegal aliens themselves who never naturalized–ie, can't read English... Won't it be ironic when they print the bill in Spanish.

    And, in case some you haven't noticed, it's a lot easier to sneak across the boarder from Mexico than it is to swim across the ocean from China. Not saying that air and boat travel doesn't happen, just harder for the average Joe is all.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Terry

    California has always led the way for every trend in the nation, including bankruptcy. They may as well go down 1/50th faster. Good job CA. And may the other states continue to follow suit in fighting hate. This law was brought on to win a re-election campaign. It's backfiring big-time and will be repealed by Terry Goddard, our next Governor. Mark my words.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. TheEraser

    American Citizens will boycott California's support of illegals.

    No more Ca filmed movies for the children of American Citizens. No wine or food from Ca will be consumed by American Citizens.

    We are moving our vacation in June from California to Arizona.

    Hang in there AZ! American Citizens overwhealmingly support you and your actions. The loss of business dollars from California will hurt at first, but stick to your guns and you will come out ahead. You will see the rest of the states that do not follow suit continue to crumble..

    May 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. all of america

    Boycott not only Calafornia but any and all business and cities that are boycotting Arizona , in the end they will all loose ,they are so dumb that they can't see they are supporting illegal activites! Obama wants to see them get legal status thinking he will get their votes not realizing he has already lost .

    May 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mister Zippy

    BFD. $56 million is chump change in a bucket compared to the savings AZ will enjoy if they can cut back on illegal immigration even by a fraction.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brian

    Immigration laws already stated non-citizens have to carry their papers at all times. That is not the issue with the Arizona law. The issue is Arizona now is a state where police can stop and ask anyone at anytime to show their papers or be arrested. Even legal citizens will be harassed in this manner and legal citizens will be arrested until they can PROVE they are legal. So if you are not white stay out of Arizona or carry a passport or papers at all times. Arizona is a disgrace to the freedoms we enjoy in America. You have a border problem then put your resources at the border and not running the streets frisking people for the identification. You want to stop illegals from coming here then stop bending over for the companies that ship them in and hire them. You want to reduce the amount of illegal people here then force your colleges to track the students coming from other countries instead of letting them disappear into the landscape.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Huff

    I'm white and live in Arizona. Along many highways there are border patrol stops, some at fixed locations, some random. Every time I travel through one of these stops I am asked what my country of origin is and asked to show ID. When I travel with my trailer I have sometimes been asked to pull it over and open it up for inspection. I have been searched by white, black, hispanic and pretty much agents of all races. I'm white. Was I profiled based on my race? Those that oppose 1070 will oppose any and all enforcement of our borders. They want amnesty and do not want to come through legally.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. PICO

    Is it me or is the fact that the city of L.A. prohibiting employees from travelling to Arizona is on par with what they think the Arizona law represents? Seems very unconstotutional L.A....

    May 13, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
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